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Celebrate Black History Month!

By Maribel De Jesús, Multicultural Outreach Services Librarian In branches throughout the entire county we will be offering events that honor the heritage, contributions and achievements of the African American community. Join us for book discussions, musical performances, films, African American genealogical research, and much more.

Black History Month has its national roots in a week-long observation initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, it was expanded into Black History Month by President Ford in 1976, and became Public Law 99-244 in 1986. With over twenty events being offered there will be something for all ages and interests. For more details, view the list of events.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

Emerald Sponsorship

Children's Services Council

Check out Our Black History Month Collection

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Upcoming Events

E.g., 02/23/2019
E.g., 02/23/2019

African-American Cultural Celebration

Lantana Road Branch
Sun, Feb 24, 2:00 pm

Listen to fun stories, then create a colorful work of art, while listening to music from today and the past. Grades K-3. Space is limited. (90 min.) Call (561) 304-4500 to preregister.

About this Series

Listen to fun stories, then create a colorful work of art, while listening to music from today and the past. Grades K-3. Space is limited. (90 min.) Call (561) 304-4500 to preregister.

02/24

Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories

Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
Mon, Feb 25, 10:30 am

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs and fun-filled audience participation Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister. 

About this Series

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs and fun-filled audience participation Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister. 

02/25

Movie Matinee

Glades Road Branch
Mon, Feb 25, 2:00 pm

"Southside With You." ©Miramax. (84 min.) PG-13

About this Series

"Southside With You." ©Miramax. (84 min.) PG-13

02/25

Orisirisi African Folklore Presents Moonlight Stories

Jupiter Branch
Mon, Feb 25, 3:30 pm

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs and fun-filled audience participation Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister. 

About this Series

Orisirisi shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming, spirited call and response songs and fun-filled audience participation Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone. All ages. (60 min.) Preregister. 

02/25

The Legacy of Margaret Garner: Lessons of Survival & Empowerment for Today

Wellington Branch
Mon, Feb 25, 6:00 pm

Margaret Garner’s life story is the basis for Toni Morrison’s novel "Beloved," and though a tragic story, it is inspirational and empowering. Dr. Delores Walters discusses Garner's life, as well as the resistance and survival of other black women in various settings, including Yemen, Brazil, India and the United States during the enslavement era. (60 min.) Preregister. 

About this Series

Margaret Garner’s life story is the basis for Toni Morrison’s novel "Beloved," and though a tragic story, it is inspirational and empowering. Dr. Delores Walters discusses Garner's life, as well as the resistance and survival of other black women in various settings, including Yemen, Brazil, India and the United States during the enslavement era. (60 min.) Preregister. 

02/25

Book Discussion: "The Underground Railroad," by Colson Whitehead 

West Boca Branch
Tue, Feb 26, 2:00 pm

Books available at the research services desk. (60 min.) 

About this Series

Books available at the research services desk. (60 min.) 

02/26

African-American Genealogy With Cultural Anthropologist & Family Historian Dr. Delores Walters

Main Library
Tue, Feb 26, 6:00 pm

Introduces participants to the basic tools, resources and genealogical methods, including DNA in researching and documenting family history. (60 min.) Call (561) 233-2600 to preregister.

About this Series

Introduces participants to the basic tools, resources and genealogical methods, including DNA in researching and documenting family history. (60 min.) Call (561) 233-2600 to preregister.

02/26

Afrique: West African Dance Instruction

Wellington Branch
Wed, Feb 27, 4:00 pm

Cardio meets culture in this beginning dance class presented by Afrique Ngozi Dance and Drum. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. First come, first served. (60 min.) 

About this Series

Cardio meets culture in this beginning dance class presented by Afrique Ngozi Dance and Drum. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. First come, first served. (60 min.) 

02/27

Letters to Birmingham

Clarence E. Anthony Branch
Wed, Feb 27, 4:00 pm

To conclude Black History Month, pen a letter to a past or present influential person in Black history. Snacks provided. Ages 8 & up. (60 min.) 

About this Series

To conclude Black History Month, pen a letter to a past or present influential person in Black history. Snacks provided. Ages 8 & up. (60 min.) 

02/27

PBS Documentary

Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Feb 28, 6:30 pm

"Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot." ©Teaching Tolerance/SouthernPoverty Law Center. (40 min.) First come, first served. Shown with permission. Not rated.

About this Series

"Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot." ©Teaching Tolerance/SouthernPoverty Law Center. (40 min.) First come, first served. Shown with permission. Not rated.

02/28